Here is my one small example of what people in Christchurch are going through.
I have been battling EQC for reimbursement of an account for an emergincy chimney demolition, after the September 2010 earthquake.
I paid to have the chimney taken down, as it was in danger of falling, sent EQC the invoice with a bank deposit slip 8 long months ago, I have rung them countless times and get the same answer “we are looking into it, you should receive your money soon” 8 months to process a single invoice.
You have know idea how wild I have become! In the future, meetings or dealings with EQC will be dealt with through my Lawyer (not everyone has this option available to them I know), But I am now so angry it’s become a matter of principle “fuck the expense”, it may end up costing me money, but I intend to pursue recovery of my costs as well, I will fight them for every cent, plus interest!
I realize there are people far worse off than me and I can only imagine how they will be feeling, this mess needs to be laid at Gerry Brownlee’s feet, the buck stops with him.
[there are tonnes more stories like this. Including one covered on Campbell Live last night of a tradesman who has $502,000 worth of payments from EQC outstanding.]